Wednesday, 13 February 2019

MPOV: A Spirited Manor (O'Hare House Mysteries #1)

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.55/5
My CNY 2019 read #1

Author: Kate Danley
Genre: Fantasy, mystery, paranormal
First published: June 2013

Clara was recently widowed and going through a hard time trying to accept her husband's untimely death. Moving to a new house and all, she's hoping to forget and move forward. However, the new house comes with 'price'. She has inherited the spirits within and with it guided her to meet some new found friends. Managing her grief and trying to solve a spirited issue, this misadventure has turned out to be a blessing instead.

A fast and easy read which I had finished within 2 days. My first CNY 2019 read on my Kobo Touch so as not to offend the CNY misgiving of reading a book literally LOL!!! Anyway I was surprised that it turned out to be a light detective novel! I honestly thought it's just another romance novel!

Kate Danley's simple, straightforward prose had me speed reading as it's easily understandable and truly entertaining. I've enjoyed it's many unfortunate deaths though not as nail biting and engaging. Definitely a quick read kinda book.

I did find the plots a little off at some point and had me in doubts like why Clara can suddenly see ghosts in this new house and not before. Also, with the many earlier deaths, why wasn't it reported before? How the story ended was also a little confusing though expected. Aside from Clara's non-stop thoughts of her dead husband and loop holes, it's a good pick-me up. I might just read the remaining 3 novels just to appease my curiosity.

A notable quote:
"Watching your sadness is worse than dying. Do not die while you are still alive, my love. Do not fear to live and love again."

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

MPOV: 798 Rice Bucket

My rating: 3/5
Location: OB-K6, OB-K7, Oasis Boulevard, Sunway Pyramid
Type: non-halal
I liked the simple, traditional CNY decor of this shop LOL! Anyway, it was crowded at the Shabu side so thankfully, rice bucket side was still fine.
Salted Fish Rice Set RM15.90
Definitely sinful with the tasty salted fish! It was so yummy to the last bite with such tender meat and freshly steamed bucket rice!
Braised Pork Set RM19.90
Hub's braised pork was more firm and lean which was a little too hard for my liking. Even the broth was strongly flavoured with star anise and cinnamon.

Price of set meals are inclusive of a dessert and a drink hence it's affordable in a shopping mall scenario. Our total bill was RM41.75 including 10% Service charge and 6% SST. For such a fulfilling meal in Sunway Pyramid, it's bearable lah.

Monday, 11 February 2019

MPOV: Before I Go to Sleep

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 3.89/5
Reading Women Challenge 2019: 2) A book about a woman with a mental illness

Author: S. J. Watson
Genre: Thriller, suspense, psychological fiction
First published: 2008

Christine Lucas wakes up every morning in a blank slate except for a certain past she thought she was from. The room she was in, the bed she was on, even the man she's sleeping with looked alien to her. Once she has seen the photographs in the bathroom, she always ended up feeling confused and Ben, the man she's sleeping with, would always comfort her, explaining to her about her amnesia and him being her husband. One day, a doctor whom she has been seeing secretly has suggested that she keeps a journal, writing down her daily updates so that she could read it the next day, hoping that it would jog her memory back. As more and more discrepancies appear, Christine slowly but surely remembers more and filling in the gaps rapidly, revealing the truth in the end.

I'm not sure why I had not watched the movie itself especially since Nicole Kidman, one of my favourite actress, was in the main role. It would have saved me time from reading a thick book LOL! Not forgetting the many urges I had to flip to the back to find out the ending! Anyway, it has made my "reading to imagining" experience pleasant as I could imagined Nicole and Colin in the respective roles while reading it.

This is a truly remarkable book! I was kept on my toes from the moment Claire rejoined Christine's life! Thank goodness the ending was not a cliffhanger, albeit a mini medical one, but it definitely upped the ante with the many nail-biting plots! It did start a little slow, kinda dragging at times but the amnesiac plots somehow made it more enthralling. Midway in, I've somehow expected Ben was the villain and when the whole picture came together in the end, it was definitely well worth it!

I've enjoyed how the author has panned out the story and gotten me so engaged, can't wait for the ending. Reading Christine's dilemma, trying so hard to remember, to forgive and continue to live her life... it felt so real! Watson had thoroughly researched on such medical subject and able to translate it into this novel with much efficacy.

A thriller which I would recommend if you are looking for something dark... just have to bear with the slow start but it does get exciting, I promise.

A couple of notable quotes:
"This is dying everyday. Over and over."
"I could think of nothing, nothing to say, nothing to feel. My mind was empty."

My next Reading Women Challenge 2019:
3. A book by an author from Nigeria or New Zealand

At first I thought of Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries but the book is just too thick for my commute reading! So I've not decided on another yet, still pondering while reading on my Kobo Touch during CNY.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Happy Chinese New Year!

A very Happy Chinese New Year to all who are celebrating this auspicious piggy year! Happy Holidays to the rest ya! Please drive safely especially for those going back hometown.

Please take note that Nyc Nat Nook will be closed from 3rd to 8th February 2019 during this festive period and will reopen on 9th February 2019. A good rest with lots of yummylicious food to rejuvenate one self during this long piggy holiday with a good book to boot! Until then, Kung Hei Fatt Choy!!!

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

MPOV: Taipei Taipei

My rating: 2.5/5
Location: GF-31, Ground Floor, 3 Damansara
Type: non-halal

A random decision to try this place as the simple and traditional ambience was kinda inviting.


B08 Mushroom Chicken Soup RM16.90
A03 Braised Pork Knuckle with rice RM16.90
L04 Water x 2 RM3
Total including 6% service tax RM39

Sad to say, it did not lived up to my expectation. I did not expect the flavour to be sweet so it kinda turned off my taste bud with it's sweetness. The meat itself was quite hard and tasteless. Either I was not in the mood for Taiwanese food or it is just not my cup of tea, I didn't enjoy it much. Maybe I've ordered the wrong kind of dish too... hmmm... Anyway, it was not as cheap either but the large portion of meat kinda balance that. Also, thankfully the service was efficient and we were served quite promptly.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Nyc Nat Nook: Crochet Workshops!

Did you know that I do conduct crochet workshops at Nyc Nat Nook? Aside from books for rent and mobile phone accessories for sale, I do sell some handmade crochet products and teach crochet during weekends.
If you would like to learn a new skill i.e. crochet, you can give me a holler and I'll advice you accordingly. Either a beginner or a refresher, I have suitable workshops for both category namely:
  • learn to crochet a book/ e-reader sleeve
  • learn to crochet a coaster
  • learn to crochet a pokeball
More will be added in due time but if you have a particular pattern in mind, we can work something out. Workshops are by appointment basis as such please do holler for more details.
Learning to crochet a book sleeve is currently our most popular workshop :-) 

Below are some of our student's completed book sleeves:
For more details, please check out our Facebook page:

Thursday, 24 January 2019

MPOV: Antipodeon Cafe

My rating: 3.5/5
Location: G37, Ground Floor Atria Mall
Type: Non-halal

Initially, when we approached the cafe, we felt intimidated by it's appearance ala stylo milo classy elegant. And then we were surprised that their menu is actually on their wall! Honestly, it's good to save more trees but it was kinda difficult to make out exactly what's on their wall. Too many on too little space!
Steven Arrabiata Spaghetti RM30
Big Al's Pasta Spaghetti RM24
Total including 10% service charge and 6% service tax RM62.65

Their food choice was limited so we've ordered spaghetti in the end. Surprisingly, it was yummylicious good. Normally I prefer white sauce or aglio ollio as tomato sauce usually turns out to be sourish which I disliked. However, I can taste the fresh tomato in this sauce which was not sourish at all! I'm glad that it's edible for me and I've wiped it clean! Even hub's sinful bacon strips and all was really tasty. Good portion with good service, overall it was a pleasant dinner for us.

Unfortunately, the high side is the pricing which was really the 'once in a blue moon' kinda meal for us. Well, with fresh ingredients and situated in a prime area of a mall, I guess it's unavoidable.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

MPOV: La Juiceria Superfoods Signature Atria

My rating: 3/5
Location: Unit C10, Concourse Floor Atria Shopping Gallery

Hubs always asked me what does La Juiceria serves and I always replied healthy food LOL! Finally we gave it a try out of curiosity and it seemed not all are healthy....
Vietnamese Grilled Chicken Rice RM19.90
Fried Rice Quinoa RM19.90
Total inclusive of 10% service charge RM43.80

Overall, it was an interesting choice as it did turned out yummy! I've never had quinoa before so I was surprised by it's soft texture similar to rice yet fulfilling in a more refreshing way. The grilled chicken was tender though a tad sweet for our liking. Other than that, it was a good fusion meal.

Price wise is average, I guess, for such fusion food in a mall. It's like how they priced organic food in supermarkets as opposed to local produce. Once in a while, it's fine to dine here but not for always lah. I would still prefer 'yong chow fried rice' anytime with the 'wok hei'!

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